30 Aug, 2021 Last updated: 05 Oct, 2021

Applications now closed

As part of our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, VicHealth has established a competitive postdoctoral fellowship program to support excellence in early-career research. VicHealth is investing in new targeted research fellowships over the next 3 years to ensure our programs and investments continue to best meet the needs of Victorians.  

VicHealth is currently assessing our second round of fellowships in 2021.


Applications are now closed. 


Key dates 

  • Announcement of successful projects – November 2021
  • Commencement of VicHealth funding – November 2021 



This section will be updated with additional FAQs, please refer back to this webpage for regular updates.  

Common questions Advice
Can I propose changes to VicHealth’s collaborative research agreement?   Yes, you can propose changes to the VicHealth collaborative research agreement during your application. View a draft agreement here
How will I hear about the outcome of my application?  VicHealth will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. You can expect to hear back from VicHealth by the end of November. If you do not receive an email, make sure you check your junk/spam folder. You can contact us to follow up after the end of November: [email protected] 
Will I receive feedback on my application if unsuccessful? We are anticipating that VicHealth research fellowships will be highly competitive and we will receive far more applications than can be funded. Due to such high volumes, generalised feedback will be provided on notification to unsuccessful applicants; however, we are unable to provide individualised feedback.
Can I speak to someone at VicHealth about my application? We are unable to provide advice or feedback on your research proposal and answers to questions in the application form, however we can clarify the intention of the fellowships and the outcomes they are trying to achieve. If you have feedback or questions for VicHealth about the fellowships, we encourage you to send this to us in writing to [email protected] Please note, we will be unable to answer questions about the research fellowships after 12 noon Tuesday 28 September.
Seeking clarification about what a Valid Career Disruption is?

Valid Career Disruption is defined as a prolonged interruption to an applicant’s capacity to work due to major illness/injury, parental leave or carer responsibilities or time spent outside of academia where industry experience has been gained e.g., within the government or NGO sectors. A prolonged interruption is defined as a continuous absence from work for 90 calendar days or more, and/or continuous, long-term, part-time employment (with a defined %FTE) due to the above stated Valid Career Disruption circumstances with the absence amounting to a total of 90 calendar days or more.

In the fellowship application form, there is a specific question about Valid Career Disruptions for applicants to clearly outline information they want VicHealth to consider.

Seeking clarification about Relative to Opportunity considerations? To enable equitable access to research funding, in addition to the Valid Career Disruptions, Relative to Opportunity considerations will also be assessed by VicHealth. Consistent with the NHMRC Relative to Opportunity Policy, Relative to Opportunity circumstances include, but are not limited to: 
  • the amount of time spent as an active researcher; 
  • research outputs and productivity considering time employed in other sectors such as industry;
  • available resources, including situations where research is being conducted in remote or isolated communities; 
  • clinical, administrative or teaching workload;
  • relocation of an applicant and his/her research setting or other similar circumstances that impact on research productivity;
  • the typical performance of researchers in the research field in question;
  • carer responsibilities that do not come under the defined valid career disruptions; 
  • building relationships of trust with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over long periods that can impact on track record and productivity; 
  • for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, community obligations including ‘sorry business’; and 
  • calamities, such as pandemics or bushfires.

Please provide a Relative to Opportunity statement in the summary of your track record. Clearly outline any information you want considered during the peer review process. Congratulations to the successful recipients of our latest Research Fellowship program. 

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